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RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

RULER

location_on United States
RULER is an approach to SEL that teaches people of all ages, with the goal of creating a healthier, more equitable, innovative, and compassionate society. As the aim of RULER is to make the approach an enduring part of your school’s culture, it is introduced in phases: staff personal and professional learning, classroom instruction for students, and family engagement and education.
It became my personal mission to make sure that every student had the opportunity to feel valued, supported, and inspired at school every day.

Judy Palmer, Superintendent

about the innovation

What we do!

What is RULER?

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER supports the entire school community in:

  • Understanding the value of emotions
  • Building the skills of emotional intelligence
  • Creating and maintaining a positive school climate

Learn more about our approach.


The RULER Skills

Recognizing emotions in oneself and others

Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions

Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary

Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context

Regulating emotions with helpful strategies


The RULER Tools

RULER skill development relies on four core tools, which are introduced to all stakeholders in the school community—school leaders, teachers, staff, students, and families.

Charter: Builds and sustains positive emotional climates by creating agreed-upon norms for how people want to feel and how they can help each other to experience those feelings.

Mood Meter: Enhances self- and social awareness and supports the development of a nuanced emotion vocabulary and a range of strategies for regulating emotion.

Meta-Moment: Provides a process for responding to emotional situations with strategies that align with one’s best-self and that support healthy relationships and personal well-being.

Blueprint: Supports the development of empathy and conflict resolution skills by serving as a guide for reflecting on conflict and restoring affected communities.

RULER skills help people of all ages to use their emotions wisely, opening opportunities for us to succeed in school, at work, and in life. These skills are both personal and social, such that a network emerges with positive changes reinforced.


Research

HundrED Academy Review

Working on SEL is the need of the hour. Having a structured approach to build a healthy SEL environment is important as all the stakeholders involved need to be equipped to deal with the nuances. I think RULER program offering does just that in its systemic and programatic support.

- HundrED Academy Member

I think this innovation has already proved its impact and scalability from its widespread use, partnerships and feedback from key stakeholders. It has a clear framework that is not specific to any particular curriculum, country or culture which makes it very easy to apply into existing programmes.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
The RULER Approach provides unique SEL skills by teaching students about emotions in order to help regulate them. They work with schools to better understand their needs and effectively introduce a conducive SEL environment. Involving all stakeholders at a school ensures the impact and longevity of the innovation.
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